SPACE 2017: A dynamic expo benefitting the livestock industry

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SPACE 2017 will be held from Tuesday 12 September to Friday 15 September at the Rennes Exhibition Centre.

SPACE will be 30 years old this year, and strongly reflects the dynamics of its sector. The fair will again mirror what is happening in the livestock sectors. The poultry sector has been severely impacted by the recent, ongoing episode of avian flu. It is also faced with a major future challenge, which will require compliance with new standards, and changes needed to meet consumer demand for cage-free eggs.

15,000 international visitors from 120 different countries are expected next September. SPACE is a “Planet Livestock,” that each year attracts many thousands of professional visitors thanks to a virtually unique offering among international trade fairs: a wide diversity of exhibitors, a full and varied offer for each animal species, many services for international visitors, a friendly atmosphere and great new innovations.

The surface area requested by exhibitors amounts to 60,191 m². More requests for changes in terms of space and locations have being received this year than in previous years. Livestock equipment manufacturers have requested larger exhibit spaces, which will change the configuration of Hall 2-3 where they are located. Hall 10A-10B will be dedicated to the poultry sector. Some suppliers of livestock buildings have decided to exhibit in this specialized hall as well.

For the first time this year, the Embassy of Denmark is hosting a 90m² area for the joint participation of a number of Danish businesses. The United States Consulate in Rennes, the Embassy of the Netherlands and Enterprise Ireland will also be on hand to organise meetings with businesses from their respective countries.

Innov’Space will again address the strong demand of our visitors who are looking to discover new products and services. The panel of experts, independent of the SPACE organisers, met in July to award the Innov’Space label to the companies that had filed their applications and met the criteria.

From the “Research and Development Village” to the “Espace for the Future”

In 1993, SPACE wanted to set up an area that would showcase the expertise and focus on the future issues and challenges for the livestock sector. The resulting Research and Development Village was run by the Chambers of Agriculture. Over the years, this village has become one of the most important features of the Expo. More than 15,000 visitors go there every year. In order to strengthen its status as part of SPACE, increase its appeal and rejuvenate its identity, the Research and Development Village has been renamed the “Espace for the Future”. The Espace for the Future, still located in the same location in Hall 4, will focus this year on the theme “robotics for farmers”. How can robots work for farmers and provide useful data? How can the development of robotics increase the appeal of farming in rural territories? All of these issues will be addressed and demonstrated in surprising ways at the Espace for the Future, for cattle, pig and poultry farming. Farmers will provide valuable examples about the technical and financial impact of using robots.

The program of the conferences and meetings at SPACE will again be full and varied, thanks to the conferences organised in our dedicated rooms, the FRGEDA forums “Farmers Talk to Farmers“, from Wednesday to Friday afternoon, in the small marquee near Gate C, the job-dating events organised by APECITA, and much more.

For the first time this year, the group Manger Français will organise meetings between professionals and local officials on Thursday 14 September, in order to promote the expertise and quality of the French productions. In partnership with SPACE, and for the second consecutive year, the local newspaper Ouest-France will host the Forum on Livestock Farming and Food. TERRE 2017 will take place on Monday 11 September, on the eve of the opening of SPACE, at Rennes School of Business. This forum will address various topical issues such as the consumption of meat, the health impact of animal protein, consumer expectations and how farmers are coping with these new challenges, animal welfare, and more.

More information on these visits can be found in the “International” section of the www.space.fr website

By telephone at +33 (0)223 48 28 90 or by email: international@space.fr

Here you can download the exhibitor list.